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Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Julian Petley


How does film and video censorship operate in Britain? Why does it exist? And is it too strict? Starting in 1979, the birth of the domestic video industry — and the first year of the Thatcher government — this critical study explains how the censorship of films both in cinemas and on video and DVD has developed in Britain. As well as presenting a detailed analysis of the workings of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), this book casts a gaze well beyond the BBFC to analyse the forces which the Board has to take into account when classifying and censoring. These range from laws such ... More

Keywords: film censorship, video censorship, Thatcher government, cinemas, DVD, BBFC, classifying, Video Recordings Act, Obscene Publications Act, Crown Prosecution Service

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625383
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625383.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Petley, author